Welcome to the official web site of Cheddar Parish Council

Cheddar is a thriving village at the foot of Cheddar Gorge, where the River Yeo flows out from the famous network of caves under the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, towards the Somerset Levels. Local trade includes farming, quarrying, tourism, a wide range of support businesses, and there is also a business park. Cheddar has three schools (First, Middle & Senior), and also significant numbers of retired residents. It has several churches, many pubs, takeaways, cafes and restaurants, a bank, post office, building society, a range of independent shops, a supermarket, convenience stores and petrol stations, serving a population of about 6,000 (greater when summer visitors are here).

Members of My Cheddar and Cheddar Parish Council on the River Yeo island bed in the lower gorge. This has been landscaped over the past two years, showing off a swathe of tulips and the willow sculpture of six soay sheep created by artist Sophie Courtier (centre), as part of a community project at the Cheddar Fringe Arts Festival in 2017.

The village also has a number of teams for football, cricket, hockey, and many other sports, based at Bowden’s Park football ground, the Sharpham Road sports pitches, or at Cheddar’s sports and leisure centre.

Cheddar’s Parish Offices are situated right in the centre of the village opposite the historic Market Cross, and are open to the public daily from 10am – 12 noon and also from 2pm – 4pm on Mondays to Fridays.

For accommodation, transport, events and other general local information please visit the separate Cheddar Village web site.

For walking routes in and around Cheddar, visit the Cheddar Walking web site, or download our Historic Walk PDF guide, and you can also download our Cheddar Village leaflet.